Macmillan Cancer Support visit to Arran

by Janet Baraclough

On Friday August 31, Macmillan Cancer Support Information service bus arrived (via Lochranza) to spend the morning in Brodick, and parked in the Ormidale car park. It was open to anyone who needed more information about cancer and how it affects peoples lives. The onboard staff were Cancer Information and Support Specialists Katie Boyd-Campbell and Craig Blackwood, and Logistics Officer Adam Thompson. Click on the picture on the right for more information.

“Whether you have a cancer diagnosis, have a friend or relative affected by cancer, or are worried about cancer in any way at all, there are lots of ways that Macmillan can support you – medically, financially, emotionally and practically.

A dedicated mobile team of highly-qualified Macmillan professionals travel across the UK on a fleet of six big green Macmillan buses: Basil, Bertie, Beryl, Betty, Bronwen and Dougie.

The buses park up at lots of public places, from markets to outside shopping centres and libraries.Wherever the mobile service is, our team of trained radiographers, dietitians and financial experts are there to talk to you in confidence, for as long as you need, to open up all the Macmillan services on offer. Or, you can pick up leaflets to take away with you.”

The mobile team can help you with:

  • Screening and what to look out for, for example signs and symptoms
  • Different cancers, their treatments and side effects
  • How cancer affects your life, for example: finances or employment
  • Talking about your cancer, or talking to someone with cancer
  • Being there for someone with cancer, or the support available locally
  • Survivorship and recurrence

John has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, now awaiting treatment, so we were very glad to make the most of this serendipitous visit by the big green Macmillan bus. We’d seen a poster advert in our GP surgery. More publicity would be a good idea next time.

Craig, who used to work in radiology in the Beatson Institute, took us inside the bus to sit down for a private chat. He was a great listener, offered lots of helpful information, and gave us free booklets to take away. It’s good to have online and telephone access to Macmillan Cancer Support and I hope local patients (and their families and friends) who missed the bus visit, will find lots of help here.

Local cancer charity ARCAS are giving ¬£30,000 per year for two years to Arran Medical Group. This funding is to support palliative care on the island and I’m told it’s already being put to good use.

Macmillan Cancer Support staff Adam Thompson, Craig Blackwell and Katie Boyd-Campbell during their visit to Arran.